NHS bosses meet to make final MSK decision

Our joint A&E SOS campaign received more than 23,000 signatures
Our joint A&E SOS campaign received more than 23,000 signatures

HEALTH chiefs are due to meet today to discuss the next step for musculoskeletal (MSK) services in West Sussex.

Executives from Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are to hold a special meeting in Worthing with an announcement expected later this week.

Preferred bidder Bupa CSH Ltd dramatically pulled out of negotiations to take over all non emergency MSK last month.

The private health consortium cited an impact assessment report, which showed the hospital trust which runs St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals would be hit financially, as the key reason for the U-turn.

The CCG has been taking legal advice over its position and an announcement is expected to say whether the £235m contract will be awarded to Western Sussex Hospital Trust, or put back out to tender for new bidding.

The whole process has so far cost the CCG at least £350,000 of NHS money and earlier this month 23,075 signatures were handed into the Department of Health in support of our joint A&E SOS campaign.